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What is suramin?

Suramin is an anti-neoplastic agent that has been used in the treatment of several infectious diseases, including African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis), a protozoan infection.  African sleeping sickness is caused by an infection of the protozoa Trypanosoma, which can be contracted from a bite from a tsetse fly. Suramin treatment focuses on a particular stage of trypanosomiasis and is not effective if the protozoa has infected the central nervous system. Suramin also has been used to treat river blindness, although it is now used less frequently for this purpose because of recent studies on its toxicity. River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is caused by a roundworm and can eventually lead to blindness. Research also is being conducted on suramin's usefulness in treating people with different types of cancer. Suramin is only available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an investigational drug.

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